Coombs Hill Farm

It’s been a very busy month so far. We’ve gone from taking early first cut off to make more corn land planted in usi...
07/02/2019

It’s been a very busy month so far. We’ve gone from taking early first cut off to make more corn land planted in using no till practices to planting corn on conventional tilled ground and now it’s on to drying hay down for hay. It’s made for some extremely long days but hopefully the piles of feed that will be available at the end of the cropping season will be the big payoff to show for it.

It’s that time of year again. First field of hay for baleage hit the ground this afternoon and will be baled up tomorr...
05/31/2019

It’s that time of year again. First field of hay for baleage hit the ground this afternoon and will be baled up tomorrow morning before it rains again. We already have the feeling that it’s going to be another challenging crop year.

Be still my heart. Kristi always does a wonderful job capturing the ladies
05/25/2019

Be still my heart. Kristi always does a wonderful job capturing the ladies

Always love my visits to Coombs Hill Farm ❤️ Stephanie Coutu Eric Herzig Karen Herzig

Pretty much the same all across the US at this point. Pretty discouraging at this point.
05/12/2019

Pretty much the same all across the US at this point. Pretty discouraging at this point.

One of the most important things we can do as farmers is educate children and adults about where their food comes from a...
05/09/2019

One of the most important things we can do as farmers is educate children and adults about where their food comes from and how as stewards of the land we must treat everything with love and care. Today Majesty and Matilda traveled to Chesterfield to visit the children that Miss Stephanie works with. The kids were thrilled to touch them and talk to them because Steph has been sharing stories of the farm with them. Thank you for having us and the girls. We hope the children enjoyed our time with them!!

04/25/2019

Spring is definitely in the air now. With it comes those never ending jobs like spreading manure. The girls were busy this winter so there’s plenty of it to go around the fields this spring.

03/30/2019

It’s leg day here at the funny farm.

Being on a farm means learning the circle of life early on. I just happened to be walking by a cow and caught sight of a...
02/06/2019

Being on a farm means learning the circle of life early on. I just happened to be walking by a cow and caught sight of a natural abortion. She was 6 weeks along and ready to be pregnancy checked. Unfortunate for our girl, but we can have our vet check her and try again for another pregnancy. I have never witnessed this so early in a pregnancy in 45 years of being around the farm. And so goes on the circle of life.

It has been a year of struggle, tribulations and some serious thoughts about the future before us. Thank you to my famil...
11/30/2018

It has been a year of struggle, tribulations and some serious thoughts about the future before us. Thank you to my family, friends and neighbors who were there to help us through last spring. Among it all, we are proud to say we continue to bring you a quality product and are so proud to be dairy farmers. Push on friends and thank you all so much.

08/28/2018

Sadly, times are changing and we have to adapt. Not alway with grace and enthusiasm but with need. Gone are the days of 5,000 squares in the barn but what must be done, must be done. Here’s to getting through the winter and still being able to hold on until next season. It’s out of our hands now.

Izzy all cleaned up and ready for Cummington. Good luck Clare and have fun!!
08/24/2018

Izzy all cleaned up and ready for Cummington. Good luck Clare and have fun!!

It’s been a busy summer so far but the picture of the short corn was taken July 20th. Fast forward 2-1/2 weeks on the ...
08/09/2018

It’s been a busy summer so far but the picture of the short corn was taken July 20th. Fast forward 2-1/2 weeks on the same field and it’s gone from six foot to close to 12’ and there’s still growing time left in the season.

We would love to introduce you to the newest addition here on the hill. Our great niece Ruthie Mae Coombs made her  arri...
05/31/2018

We would love to introduce you to the newest addition here on the hill. Our great niece Ruthie Mae Coombs made her arrival on Tuesday night. Congratulations Scott and Amanda she’s a beautiful little girl.

What do we do on a Friday night for fun? We calve out cows. There's always lots of help from Gramma Stormy. She's our re...
05/12/2018

What do we do on a Friday night for fun? We calve out cows. There's always lots of help from Gramma Stormy. She's our resident calf cleaner when she's in reach.

It's been a really cold winter this year so far. Think the almanac missed it this time but every day is one more closer ...
01/21/2018

It's been a really cold winter this year so far. Think the almanac missed it this time but every day is one more closer to spring and things warming up again

It's been frigid cold this week last few days have all been below 0 but the cows still have to be fed no matter the weat...
12/29/2017

It's been frigid cold this week last few days have all been below 0 but the cows still have to be fed no matter the weather. It's days like these that it's nice to have cab tractors to warm up a little.

Another year of quality brought to all of you from the girls (and guys) at Coombs Hill Farm.
12/04/2017

Another year of quality brought to all of you from the girls (and guys) at Coombs Hill Farm.

The ladies are milked cleaned and fed so it's time for us to get cleaned up and grab some chow for ourselves. Happy Than...
11/23/2017

The ladies are milked cleaned and fed so it's time for us to get cleaned up and grab some chow for ourselves. Happy Thanksgiving from our family and ladies to yours.

What goes in the cows must come out right? It's that time of the year again. Time to get the manure that's been stored i...
11/05/2017

What goes in the cows must come out right? It's that time of the year again. Time to get the manure that's been stored in piles spread on the fields before winter comes. This way if we have a wet spring like this year there's less chance of getting stuck and compacting the ground or make ruts.

Since we had some decent weather before the next monsoon rolls through tomorrow and Monday figured it'd be a good time t...
10/28/2017

Since we had some decent weather before the next monsoon rolls through tomorrow and Monday figured it'd be a good time to sneak some of the second cut in as silage bales. Wish the season would hold out but it's almost time to start thinking about putting the hay equipment away unfortunately.

Apparently Periwinkle decided since it's Saturday she wanted to take a morning off. Maybe she was as tuckered out after ...
10/21/2017

Apparently Periwinkle decided since it's Saturday she wanted to take a morning off. Maybe she was as tuckered out after corn chopping as the rest of us.

The harvest of 2017 is now complete. From the new floor being paved to the last load dumped and packed today. Hasn't bee...
10/20/2017

The harvest of 2017 is now complete. From the new floor being paved to the last load dumped and packed today. Hasn't been the greatest year to grow corn, but we are thankful for what we have. A special thanks to the Graves family at Graves Glen Farm for chopping and trucking for us. Another year is in the books. God bless.

Well the bunker walls are lined with plastic the old corn is knocked down and getting packed and the bunker floor looks ...
10/14/2017

Well the bunker walls are lined with plastic the old corn is knocked down and getting packed and the bunker floor looks ready. That can only mean one thing at the farm. It's time to start chopping this year's corn and storing it for the ladies to eat for the next year. Didn't have much left over and hopefully the wet year will still give us enough to get through till next fall.

It's been a pretty exciting and busy day to say the least. Our electrician finished wiring the motor up on the new grain...
10/10/2017

It's been a pretty exciting and busy day to say the least. Our electrician finished wiring the motor up on the new grain bin auger this weekend and this morning the first load of our new mix was loaded into the bin and went into the TMR to be fed to the milk cows. Unfortunately by the time we got the cows outside to eat it was too dark to take pictures without scaring the girls with the flash. In between chores we replaced some of the old broken waterbowls in the barn before the weather changes and starts getting colder. Some of them were 60+ years old and fought us pretty hard but we got one section replaced. The other section will have to wait till another day.

To say it's been a busy week so far would be an understatement. Every week is busy at the farm. But there's been some ex...
09/27/2017

To say it's been a busy week so far would be an understatement. Every week is busy at the farm. But there's been some excitement this week for sure. The bunker silo where we store corn silage for the cows was built back in 1972 and the floor had seen better days. Johnson Paving came in and worked their magic filling in the potholes and put a new coat of asphalt down before we chop corn in a few weeks. No more driving around the potholes worrying about tipping trucks or blowing tires on the sharp edges. This morning the new grain bin that has been needed since last October finally was delivered and set up. This will allow us to change our feeding program and put some of the grain right into the mixer wagon with the corn silage alfalfa baleage dry hay and corn meal that is already being mixed together for the cows to eat. Fall is always busy but sometimes things like this make those long days a little more worth it.

As most of you know we're all about red & white Holsteins and promoting dairy. But when a family can buy bull calves and...
08/16/2017

As most of you know we're all about red & white Holsteins and promoting dairy. But when a family can buy bull calves and do what this family is doing with their children, it makes our hearts very proud. The youth of America is where our future lies and the sooner you can teach them responsibility, values and the love for a special project, the more hope we have for a future and a better world.

It's been pretty slow going after a late start and with all the rain we've had switched to mowing a field of second cut ...
08/09/2017

It's been pretty slow going after a late start and with all the rain we've had switched to mowing a field of second cut to dry down into square bales before the drying weather gets shorter. Of course had mower issues so we called in backup because as the saying goes - if you ain't fixing then you ain't farmin.

We've finally got some decent haying weather. That means late nights in the barn and out in the field and with all the c...
07/31/2017

We've finally got some decent haying weather. That means late nights in the barn and out in the field and with all the cows that have calved lately it's a full house at the feed bunk.

Well old Scarlett says it all. We're up to our necks in calves this month. Had our tenth baby this month 8 in 7 days and...
07/24/2017

Well old Scarlett says it all. We're up to our necks in calves this month. Had our tenth baby this month 8 in 7 days and feeding 15 on milk. But she seems like she doesn't mind being surrounded by babies inside the barn where it's nice and dry.

Planted this field 6 days ago and finally seeing some corn spikes. Three weeks behind but it's good to see this.
06/29/2017

Planted this field 6 days ago and finally seeing some corn spikes. Three weeks behind but it's good to see this.

06/29/2017

A few things we have added over the last couple of years to our cows diet is yeast and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). It helps them maintain a healthy rumen and digest their feed more easily. I refer to the bicarbonate as cow candy!!

Running three weeks behind this year because of a insanely wet spring- must be Mother Nature trying to make up for the c...
06/20/2017

Running three weeks behind this year because of a insanely wet spring- must be Mother Nature trying to make up for the crippling drought last fall but we're still trying to get corn planted. Every year is a new challenge.

A little something different. Red angus x red and white Holstein cross. I've always been one to take a chance.
06/20/2017

A little something different. Red angus x red and white Holstein cross. I've always been one to take a chance.

It's been awhile since we've seen the sun so we thought we'd get our "shine" on !!
06/01/2017

It's been awhile since we've seen the sun so we thought we'd get our "shine" on !!

It's officially spring time at the farm. The milking ladies are back out on pasture finally after a long stressful winte...
04/30/2017

It's officially spring time at the farm. The milking ladies are back out on pasture finally after a long stressful winter.

There certainly is never a dull moment on the farm. But to see 2 young people happy makes a day worth it. Clare is worki...
04/25/2017

There certainly is never a dull moment on the farm. But to see 2 young people happy makes a day worth it. Clare is working with Belle to get ready for show season and this little guy has just gotten his first bull. Smiles and children, that's where our future lies.

There's always lots of help at feeding time. Most of the time it's the four legged kind
02/23/2017

There's always lots of help at feeding time. Most of the time it's the four legged kind

One of the biggest misconceptions out there since we aren't an organic farm is that the milk contains antibiotics. That ...
12/28/2016

One of the biggest misconceptions out there since we aren't an organic farm is that the milk contains antibiotics. That couldn't be any farther away from the truth. Each load of milk that is shipped organic and conventional is tested at the plant and discarded if it contains any traces of antibiotic residue. Even organic farms can have antibiotic residue in milk because that's a last resort to save a cow on an organic herd but she must be sold to a conventional farm if she has received treatment with anything other than organic labeled drugs.

Myth: Milk contains antibiotics.

Fact: If a cow is treated with an antibiotic, her milk is dumped while she is on the antibiotic and for the withdrawal period afterwards. Once milk is collected from farms, it is taken to a plant where it is tested for antibiotic residue. Individual samples of milk are taken from each farm in case the load tests positive for antibiotic residue. If a load tests positive, the entire load is dumped and never reaches the grocery store. Your milk is safe! For more visit: http://bit.ly/2fC7QRm

Sure is cold outside this morning but the ladies don't seem to mind a bit. 38 degrees in the barn alley full of feed and...
12/16/2016

Sure is cold outside this morning but the ladies don't seem to mind a bit. 38 degrees in the barn alley full of feed and lots of bedding to make a mess of.

It's beginning to look a lot like winter. Never really ready for it but it always seems to happen that way
12/12/2016

It's beginning to look a lot like winter. Never really ready for it but it always seems to happen that way

Happy thanksgiving to all of our friends and family far and wide. Especially thankful for the local companies who made t...
11/24/2016

Happy thanksgiving to all of our friends and family far and wide. Especially thankful for the local companies who made time for us this week to drill a new well to water the girls. Some of you may know from our personal pages that our natural spring that normally supplies drinking water to the cows dried up in the beginning of October. Thanks to Pine Hill Orchards for letting us haul water from there to the farm to keep the girls watered and Lynde Well drilling and JS Rae for doing the horizontal drilling to get the water pipes from the well to the barn on the other side of the road.

Happy Halloween from everyone at the farm. Caught a early morning sunrise picture before the weather changes and what is...
10/31/2016

Happy Halloween from everyone at the farm. Caught a early morning sunrise picture before the weather changes and what is left of the foliage goes away for winter.

Thanks to an impromptu snow storm we had some very unhappy ladies this afternoon. They're inside for the night even thou...
10/27/2016

Thanks to an impromptu snow storm we had some very unhappy ladies this afternoon. They're inside for the night even though we had to hustle to get the feeding equipment ready. Spring that feeds the cows drinking water dried up three weeks ago so it means a late night pumping out of the tanks on the trailer to make sure they have water overnight.

Photo credit to Richard Rockstroh. Fall on the hill.
10/25/2016

Photo credit to Richard Rockstroh. Fall on the hill.

Finally finished chopping corn last night around 8. If anyone had told us we'd have a full bunk still after the summer l...
10/10/2016

Finally finished chopping corn last night around 8. If anyone had told us we'd have a full bunk still after the summer long drought they would've been told they were crazy. But a little bit of luck it's heaped up nicely and looks like a good pile to get us through the year.

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